Calls Mount for Special Counsel to Investigate Obama Admin for FISA Abuse
Senator Josh Hawley joins Sen. Graham in calling for new probe in wake of Mueller report
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-SC) has vowed to launch an investigation into Obama's Justice Department and FBI for potential FISA warrant abuse.
During a press conference on Monday, Senator Graham called for a special counsel to investigate these potential abuses of power to manipulate the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) process to spy on the Trump campaign.
Missouri Republican Senator Josh Hawley has joined Sen. Graham's calls, saying he fully supports the appointment of a special counsel.
"Several weeks ago, I asked the FBI for answers on its counterintelligence probe of @realDonaldTrump. I haven’t gotten any answers. So for starters, I will wholeheartedly support @LindseyGrahamSC call for special counsel and believe it should include FBI," Sen. Hawley tweeted.
"And it’s time for oversight hearings. Under oath, in full public view. With subpoenas, if agencies continue to stonewall. This is a democracy and we’re going to keep it that way," he added.
And it’s time for oversight hearings. Under oath, in full public view. With subpoenas, if agencies continue to stonewall. This is a democracy and we’re going to keep it that way— Josh Hawley (@HawleyMO) March 25, 2019
South Carolina Republican Graham said on Monday he intends to launch an investigation into a number of Obama-era scandals, including the assembling of the Trump dossier, the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s private email server and surveillance on the Trump campaign, according to The Hill.
“When it comes to the (Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act) warrant, the Clinton campaign, the counterintelligence investigation, it’s pretty much been swept under the rug,” Graham told reporters.
“Those days are over.”
“What I want to do is seek to appoint a special counsel,” Graham told reporters.
🔥WOKE LINDSEY GRAHAM DROPS HAMMER 🔥— Benny (@bennyjohnson) March 25, 2019
Calls for NEW Special Counsel to investigate:
- Hillary Clinton
- Andrew McCabe
- James Comey
- Fusion GPS
- James Clapper
- John Brennan
- Fake Trump Dossier
- FISA warrant process
- Anyone who wanted to spy on Trump campaign pic.twitter.com/ATv2CO6gRY
“The FISA warrant issued against Carter Page was based on a dossier prepared by Christopher Steele is at a minimum disturbing," Graham said.
"Whether or not it is illegal, I don’t know. So I’m going to get answers to this.
"No one seems to care it seems to be only Republicans that do and that’s sad.
“If the shoe were on the other foot it would be front page news—the double standard has been striking and frankly disappointing,” Graham said.
Noting the divide between Republicans and Democrats, Graham said that “I’d like to find someone like a Mr. Mueller that could look into what happened with the FISA warrant, what happened with the counterintelligence investigation.”
Graham also said he wants a fairly extensive list of witnesses to testify before the committee.
The most obvious would be Attorney General William Barr, whom Graham says he’ll call to testify as to the results of the Mueller investigation.
Beyond that, however, he’s going to have some very interesting characters appearing before the committee if he has his way.
“You haven’t had much scrutiny, but that’s coming,” Graham said.
And he’s right. For the past few years, the only scrutiny in Washington has been of the Trump administration and whether the Trump campaign colluded with a foreign power to win the 2016 election.
That’s been put to bed.
Now, it’s time to talk of other things that happened in the last part of the Obama administration: The questionable way the Trump dossier was assembled; the way the dossier was used to obtain the FISA warrant, the odd evidentiary standard set by the Department of Justice in the Clinton investigation; the fact that the Trump campaign appears to have been spied on by the FBI.
All of these things are what we should have been talking about along with the special counsel investigation.
Instead, it was all Russian “collusion” and the specter of impeachment.
Well, the Republicans may have been on the defensive until the Mueller report got released, but they’re on the offensive now — and Graham is leading the charge.